In an exclusive interview with Life & Style, Bachelor in Paradise’s Marcus Grodd opened up about what really happened between him and fiancée Lacy Faddoul. Marcus, who embarked on a whirlwind romance with the 29-year-old on the reality show and had a TV wedding on a Mexican beach, revealed Lacy cut off contact with him last year and has disappeared from his life.

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“It feels like she’s a runaway bride,” Marcus, also 29, said in June 2016. “We had this fantastic relationship, and then it totally vanished. It was like she ran away.”

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In fact, Life & Style has exclusively learned that the couple’s June 2015 nuptials weren’t actually legal. “When we came back, we were supposed to start the paperwork. But she stalled,” he explained. “I feel duped.”

After falling in love on BIP, Marcus set off for basic Marine training. But when reunited with Lacy three months later, he felt her pulling away from their relationship. “I wanted to move in together but she recommended that I find my own place,” he shared.

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Marcus explained that things took a hopeful turn around the holidays. “It seemed like we both wanted to move forward,” he said. But in January, he found texts on her phone that he thought were flirtatious. He said he doesn’t know if she ever cheated on him, but they started seeing each other less and less often.

In June 2016, they went to dinner, and after that, “She just cut off all communication,” he revealed.

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